Norwegian to send largest cruise ship yet to Port Canaveral
The big ships keep coming Port Canaveral’s way as Norwegian Cruise Line will send its first Breakaway-Plus class ship to the Florida port in 2020.
Norwegian Escape was the first of four ships in the fleet’s largest class when it debuted in 2015. The 164,600-ton, 4,200-passenger vessel would surpass Norwegian Epic as the line’s largest ship to call Port Canaveral home.
The cruise line is now in its second season with Norwegian Epic, and will send the slightly smaller, although newer, Norwegian Breakaway to the port for 2019-2020.
The port is also home to one Oasis-class ship from Royal Caribbean and will be the first home for Carnival’s new XL-class ship Mardi Gras when it debuts in 2020.
Escape is one of the cruise line’s best-rated ships. It has a lot of Florida influences, from the hull artwork from marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey to the first Margaritaville at Sea. Also on board is a version of Miami’s famed Tobacco Road blues bar, a craft beer hall that partners with Wynwood Brewing Company and a dining partnership with restaurateurs Jose Mendin, Andreas Schreiner and Sergio Navarro of The Pubbelly Restaurant Group, which has several dining concepts in South Florida.
Other notable features of the ship include a massive water park, ropes course and a spa with a snow room.
Escape will sail five- and seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries starting Nov. 21, 2020. It will also offer two- and four-night Bahamas cruises.
Sailings will stop in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
The short Bahamas cruises will make stops in Nassau, Freeport and Great Stirrup Cay.
Elsewhere, the line’s newest ship, Norwegian Encore, which will debut in 2019, will return to Miami along with Norwegian Joy, which has spent most of its life sailing the Asian market. Norwegian Epic, meanwhile, will head to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“We are so pleased with the variety of itineraries we are providing, including positioning sister ships, Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Encore, to sail from the cruise capital of the world, where we can showcase the ship’s stand-out amenities to thousands of guests each week,” said Norwegian Cruise Line President and CEO Andy Stuart in a press release.
Also on tap for 2020 will be Norwegian Breakaway back in New Orleans, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Gem from New York, Norwegian Jade from Tampa, Norwegian Pearl from Miami, Norwegian Bliss from Los Angeles including a couple of Panama Canal crossings to and from Miami plus some round-trip Miami sailings as well.
Overseas, Norwegian Jewel will sail Australia and New Zealand cruises while Norwegian Star will sail South American cruises.
New itineraries are already on sale. For more details, go to www.ncl.com.